Heitinga sent to see top US surgeon

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TALENTED Ajax defender Johnny Heitinga is set to travel to the United States to visit revered knee surgeon Dr Richard Steadman.

The 18-year-old is seen as one of the brightest talents at the Amsterdam ArenA, but picked up a serious knee injury in the clash with NAC Breda.

Heitinga is viewed as the long-term successor to Christian Chivu, but will have to write off the remainder of the season after being told he suffered serious cruciate ligament damage.

This is the second such injury for Heitinga, and Ajax are keen for the Dutch Under-21 international to have the best possible treatment.

Accordingly, they have sent him to the man who worked minor miracles on the likes of Alan Shearer, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Jamie Redknapp.